An Iowa literacy program is getting a big boost from a former first lady.
Christie Vilsack presented a $50,000 check from the Vilsack Foundation to Reach Out and Read.
The program supports early literacy by handing out books at children’s doctor visits.
Doctors also stress to the parents and guardians the importance of reading out loud.
The first program was established at the Blank Children’s Hospital in 1998, since then, it has grown to serve 55,000 children across the state.
Vilsack says, “We know parents are their children’s first and best teachers and if we can get every child together with an adult, especially their parents, to have an early reading experience we’ll know they will be better equipped to start school.”
Vilsack also mentioned that this is the last donation from the Vilsack Foundation before it’s closed.